IRANIAN-AMERICAN ORGANIZATIONS FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST TRUMP TRAVEL BAN EXECUTIVE ORDER
UPDATE: On February 22, per the court’s order, we filed a joint statement providing information on ongoing hardships under the existing unlawful Executive Order. Meanwhile, the government failed to submit an updated EO as they indicated they would. The government must now respond to our lawsuit by March 2nd. A hearing for a preliminary injunction is schedule for March 13, 2017.
On January 27th, 2017, the White House issued an executive order from President Trump titled “PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES”.
On February 8th, 2017, several prominent Iranian-American organizations filed a joint action in federal court to stop the Trump Administration’s Executive Order restricting travel to and from the United States and Iran and six other predominantly Muslim nations.
The Iranian-American community has been significantly and adversely impacted by the travel ban. Iran had the largest total number of legal entrants into the U.S. (310,182) between 2006 and 2015; two-thirds of those entrants arrived in the United States on temporary visas. Of the 90,000 visas issued annually to the seven countries singled out by the EO, almost half (42,542) are from Iran.